Early Years Funding

2 Year Old Funding - 15 hours

Funded Hours for 2 year olds for 15 hours p/w for 38 weeks a year
(from 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 2nd birthday)

You can claim free these hours if you receive one or more of the following:
Income Support
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Universal Credit and your household income is £15,400p/a or less after tax, not including benefit payment
The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit (or both) and your household income is £16,190p/a or less before tax
Working Tax Credit 4-week run on
Or if your child:
Is looked after by the local authority or has left care through adoption, residence order or special guardianship.
Has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
Is in receipt of the Disability Living Allowance
has left care under an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangement order
 
If you’re a non UK citizen who cannot claim benefits (you have no recourse to public funds) you MAY still be able to access free childcare for your 2 year old (this is dependent on your earnings and savings and number of children in your household). Check with our County Council at the email / website address below

To apply for free childcare hours for your 2 year old – You will need a current email address.

First register and then apply via the online application form at:

For more information about 2 year old childcare education, visit:

3 & 4 Year Old Funding - 15 Hours

Funded Hours for 3 & 4 year olds for 15 hours p/w for 38 weeks a year
(From 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 3rd birthday)

For ALL children, once your child is 3 years old until they go to school.

All families remain eligible for the 15 hours per week regardless eligibility for the 30 hours offer.

For more information about 3 & 4 year old 15 hours funding, visit:

3 & 4 Year Old Funding 30 Hours

Funded Hours for 3 & 4 year olds for 30 hours p/w for 38 weeks a year
(From 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 3rd birthday)

All information 30 hours funding can be found here 

You can get 30 hours of free childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year (term-time)

Eligibility

Your eligibility depends on:

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits, childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.

If you are not currently working

You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance.

You can apply if you’re starting or re-starting work within the next 31 days.

Your income

You’ll need to expect to earn a certain amount over the next 3 months. This is at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average.

If you have a partner, they’ll need to expect to earn at least this much too.

Please see the government guidance for more information if you are self-employed.

Your immigration status

To be eligible for 30 hours free childcare, you (or your partner if you have one) must have a National Insurance number and at least one of the following:

When to apply

You can apply from when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old.

When you child turns 3 When they can get 30 hours from Recommended time to apply
1 September to 31 December
Term starting on or after 1 January
15 October to 30 November
1 January to 31 March
Term starting on or after 1 April
15 January to 28 February
1 April to 31 August
Term starting on or after 1 September
15 June to 31 July

You can apply outside of these recommended dates but you might not receive your code in time. You must have a valid code by the end of the month before a new term starts.

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